8 doctors weighed in:

Is anthrax always severe, or are there people who get mild or slight cases (and get well without ever knowing about anthrax)?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Three types

Cutaneous, gastrointestinal and pulmonary are the three types in order of increasing deadliness.
Skin lesions are the least serious and may heal, however, i would not wait for that as effective treatments are available. Even mild cases cause rather bad skin ulcers.

In brief: Three types

Cutaneous, gastrointestinal and pulmonary are the three types in order of increasing deadliness.
Skin lesions are the least serious and may heal, however, i would not wait for that as effective treatments are available. Even mild cases cause rather bad skin ulcers.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Conceivable

While anthrax is a serious condition, it is very possible that milder cases are never detected.
The same applies to any infection. We don't normally look for the cause of mild respiratory illnesses and casually refer to them as walking pneumonia or simply "a cold".

In brief: Conceivable

While anthrax is a serious condition, it is very possible that milder cases are never detected.
The same applies to any infection. We don't normally look for the cause of mild respiratory illnesses and casually refer to them as walking pneumonia or simply "a cold".
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Dangerous

No anthrax infection is mild although skin infections generally have good outcomes.
Inhalation anthrax is fatal in almost 50% of cases. Without effective treatment almost everyone will have severe disease.

In brief: Dangerous

No anthrax infection is mild although skin infections generally have good outcomes.
Inhalation anthrax is fatal in almost 50% of cases. Without effective treatment almost everyone will have severe disease.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology

In brief: Not always severe

Anthrax can affect only the skin, usually from contact with an infected animal or contaminated soil.
These spots are often single, crusted, black, and may ooze. Inhaled anthrax can affect or infect the lungs and is much more serious and can be life-threatening.

In brief: Not always severe

Anthrax can affect only the skin, usually from contact with an infected animal or contaminated soil.
These spots are often single, crusted, black, and may ooze. Inhaled anthrax can affect or infect the lungs and is much more serious and can be life-threatening.
Dr. Tara Passow
Dr. Tara Passow
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